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Letter: Let’s stick to the facts about what happened at the Village

Don’t let writing letters to the editor become a dying art.
"The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary does not need to make any type of apology for the work they did to keep the public safe," a letter-writer says of the bathroom raids at a St. John’s shopping mall in 1993.

I have been listening and reading too much nonsense from fringe parts of my gay community regarding the Village mall bathroom sex raid of the 1990s.

As a proud gay St. John’s man, I find this disturbing. There is no gay mythology about this topic. There is no gay folklore about this topic. This is not an academic versus vernacular debate on the intersection of queer theory.

Men — gay or bi or straight or just confused — acted like sexual predators and made a public bathroom unsafe. Period. End of story. No one has the right to become a sexual predator and turn a public bathroom into a place that boys, teenagers, adults and seniors are afraid to use because they do not want to be sexually harassed or violated. The only thing anyone should fear about using a public bathroom is, “please let there be toilet paper when I get there!”

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary does not need to make any type of apology for the work they did to keep the public safe. These men were sexual predators. The same police reaction would have occurred if the men were trolling the women’s washroom looking for sex.

The media does not need to make an apology for their reporting. It is absolutely unfortunate that the media wondered out loud, what was the motive of these men. Were they pedophiles? Were they prostitutes? Was this a sex ring? Until these men make a public apology for their actions, we will never know.

These insinuations are shocking and they are not out of line for the sexually predatoristic actions of these men. Any common person can connect these dots on why these insinuations were made. Gay men that live in the closet do not have free rein to turn public bathrooms into unsafe places for all ages.

Christopher Philpott

St. John’s

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